The Challenges of Recent Migrations to Scandinavia
Quiroga Roldan, Andres
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Despite having nearly identical historical, ethnic, and social backgrounds, Sweden and Denmark have taken fairly different approaches to the issue of immigration over the last half-century. While Denmark surrendered to some extent its reputation as a humanitarian superpower by advocating for aggressive anti-immigration and anti-refugee policies, Sweden took in perhaps more refugees than they were able to accommodate. Both cases ultimately led to a severe marginalization of immigrant communities – especially of immigrants of Middle Eastern background. This marginalization, in turn, has led to some disturbances and even terror attacks in Copenhagen and Stockholm, and has been fueling anti-immigration sentiments amongst Scandinavian voters at an increasing pace. While Sweden remains politically moderate relative to the rest of Europe, Denmark has seen an incredible surge of its far-right, populist Folkeparti in its last few elections.